Community Service

Out of the Darkness Walk at Fountain Park This Weekend

Walking away from the topic of suicide is not an option for the Central GA Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPCCG) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the annual Out of the Darkness walk to be held at Fountain Park in Warner Robins on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. AFSP sponsors Out of the Darkness walks throughout the nation to bring understanding of suicide and its prevention through research, education, and advocacy.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Kimberly Dr. entrance to Fountain Park. Individuals or teams are welcomed and SPCCG encourages online registration at www.asfp.org and search for Warner Robins Walk. Walk-up registration is also available.

At 9:45 a.m, a unification links ceremony will bring participants together in shared grief and love for those who lost their lives to suicide.  A 25 butterfly release memorial, sponsored by Laurel Heights Hospital, will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the park pavilion. To release a butterfly in a loved one’s name, share name at walk registration table with first 25 names read for each butterfly.

An arts & crafts station will also be at the event for families and friends to create a keepsake memorial tile by simply bringing a photograph to be emblazoned on tiles donated from AFSP. Local mental health providers will host resource information booths and Lighthouse Nursing Services will provide food and refreshments.  Lake Bridge Hospital will provide bottled water to all walk participants.

For more information or to join the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Central Georgia and collaborate with supporters from Houston Healthcare, Phoenix Center, Laurel Heights Hospital, Lake Bridge Hospital, Department of Family & Children Services, Lighthouse Nursing Services, Flint River Hospital, Dr. Deepti Bhasin & Staff, Fort Valley State University, Department of Veteran Affairs, Central GA National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), HODAC, Boards of Education and Police Departments of Houston, Peach and Crawford counties, New Hope International, Georgia Suicide Prevention Information (GSPIN), Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).